2112 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
Haight Ashbury/Panhandle/Hayes Valley, Sunset/Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks/Diamond Heights/Glen Park
Days and Hours Of Operation
Office Hours: Mon–Fri 9am–5pm
4 and up
This popular science program is a big hit for city kids who have limited access to nature, wild animals, and cool science programs. Their wonderful space called Frog Hall houses live and rescued reptiles and amphibians. Zoologist Chris Giorni and his team are passionate about what they do and kids have tons of fun while learning about wild science.
They offer terrific "treks" for kids and parents or caregivers. Learn about reptiles at Frog Hall, visit nature areas in and beyond the City, and go on nature hikes throughout the City. These programs are open to kids ages 4 and up.
Every Saturday, kids ages 4 and up can hang out at Frog Hall during the nighttime program called Kids Play Night (kids night out). Kids play with the resident pets, do science experiments, have snacks, and watch an educational movie. The cost is $35 for the first child and $25 for siblings. Pre-registration is required.
Tree Frog Treks offers F.R.O.G. Family Memberships that offer access to Kids Play Nights, special members-only events, private treks, guaranteed spots at camps, and more. Fees range from $99–$499 per year.
Tree Frog Treks offers many programs:
- In- and Afterschool Enrichment Programs: introduction to biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, and natural history.
- Discovery Day School: two-hour workshops (held at parks such as Julius Kahn) for kids ages 4 and up to do hands-on science and meet creepy crawlers.
- Animal Care Internship Program: kids ages 8 and up take care of animals, do dissections, and more.
- School Visits and Assemblies
- Field Trips: experienced naturalists serve as guides to the great outdoors.
- Immersion Programs: visits to places such as the banks of the American River, Gold Rush Country in Coloma, and Point Reyes National Seashore.
Camp offerings for kids in Pre-K through grade 5 are great opportunities to hang out in Golden Gate Park, get to know other kids who are interested in science and nature, and have fun with reptiles and amphibians. Every day is a different adventure. Kids learn how to make rain sticks, take hikes all the way to Ocean Beach, go on treasure hunts, and have other wacky adventures.
2013 Week-long Summer Camp Sessions: June 3–August 16 (no camp week of July 1)
Ages: Pre-K–grade 5
Days/Times: Monday through Friday, 9am–1pm (half day), 9am–4:30pm (full day)
Cost: $299–$399 per week; early bird discounts available
Extended care: 8am–9am ($60 per week), 4:30pm–5:30pm ($60 per week), 1pm–4:30pm ($180 per week)
Counselor-In-Training (CIT): 14 to 17, $399 up front, CIT earns back $200
2013 Spring Camp Sessions:
Dates: March 25–March 29 and April 15–April 19
Ages: grades K–4
Days/Times: Monday through Friday, 9am–4:30pm
Cost: $399 per week
Extended care: 8am–9am ($60 per week)
2013 Vacation Day Camp Sessions:
Dates: January 21 (MLK Day), February 11 (Lunar New Year)
Ages: grades 1–4
Cost: $100 per day
Have a unique party with their modular program, "Birthday Adventure Treks (BATs)." Or celebrate at Frog Hall, which houses rescued amphibians and reptiles.
You can choose to have an animal-themed, space-themed, or nature-themed birthday from one to three hours long in your chosen venue. It's a great gift for a four-year-old or older.
Varies by program
Activities can be catered to meet many different needs.
Street parking is difficult at Frog Hall.
Muni: 5, 21, 43
In San Francisco, camps are held at Golden Gate Park and Brandeis Hillel School.
What We've Heard"Tree Frog Treks brings another dimension to science education that is rare to find in City schools. Using the great outdoors as a classroom setting, science comes alive and resonates much better with kids." -- Maria, mother of two